Friday, November 21, 2008

BBC not to do local video online news


The BBC Trust has rejected controversial plans to launch a £68m network of local news websites with video content.

'Local' newspapers which are usually a corporate network owned by a handful of rich people using the same template and publishing the same police press releases. These papers are now moaning that the BBC doing local news will make them lose money.
A study by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom found that if BBC local video services were launched, annual revenues at existing commercial providers would fall by up to 4%.
Investment call

But my union-the National Union of Journalists said that the rejection was "a missed opportunity to enhance local media".

"Local papers are closing and job cuts mean thousands of journalists don't have the time to do their jobs properly anymore," said the NUJ's general secretary Jeremy Dear.

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